And, having scored his only other international goal from a Lafferty assist against Portugal, he is keen to link up with the Norwich man again. “I really enjoy the partnership I have with Kyle. He is a massive player for us and he can make chances out of nothing,” said the Aberdeen forward. “I know I have to get close to him to pick up the ball but I find it enjoyable – especially in Budapest. “Kyle is a talented boy and he knows he will be vital for us in this campaign. “It is a hard shift for him at times, playing up front on his own, but he really takes the pressure off the rest of the lads. “And when he wins things, it can give the likes of me a chance to get in behind teams to punish them. “I was delighted to get on in Hungary and help the team come from behind to win. “Scoring the equaliser and then setting up Kyle for the winner was special.” Niall McGinn believes Northern Ireland can continue to benefit from his understanding with striker Kyle Lafferty. Press Association Another of Northern Ireland’s standout performers in Hungary was Conor McLauglin, with the Fleetwood player turning in an assured display on his first competitive outing. He is joined in the current squad by younger brother Ryan, who also plays right-back and is vying with his sibling for the jersey. It might be unusual for the pair to be going head to head for the same shirt but Conor insists the rivalry is a friendly one. “I can’t say I’m ahead of Ryan in the pecking order because it can change at any time,” he said. “We’re sort of competing for the same position, although Ryan can play in other positions. I have to keep performing or I won’t stay in the team. “We both rib each other about it, Ryan’s a lively lad to say the least. “But it’s a very proud thing for my mum and dad and both of us settled in very well and we both give each other a lot of support.” The pair dovetailed to decisive effect in the closing stages of the Euro 2016 opener in Hungary last month, setting each other up to turn a 1-0 deficit into a dramatic 2-1 victory in the last 10 minutes. McGinn had to wait for his chance in Budapest, coming off the bench as a second-half substitute, but did more than enough to earn a start when the Faroe Islands visit Windsor Park on Saturday.
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